The Texas Longhorns are one significant step closer towards potentially landing the nation’s top-ranked shooting guard prospect, as Lewisville iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy star Keyonte George named Chris Beard’s program in his top five on Thursday
George’s top five also featured Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kentucky
The five-star talent has long held an offer from the Longhorns, as Shaka Smart and his staff were among the first to offer George during the summer of 2019. Of course, Smart and his staff have since been replaced by Chris Beard and his staff, but there’s still that level of familiarity after Texas Tech extended an offer under Beard’s direction and was prioritizing George.
“Coach Ulric Maligi called me and told me that I was one of the first players that they were calling,” George told 247Sports of his recruitment and relationship with the former Red Raiders assistant. “They wanted to make sure that I knew that I was still a priority as they made the move from Texas Tech to Texas so that was big for me.”
At this stage, George’s only Crystal Ball projection favors him taking the pro path, but if he does ultimately sign with one of his top five programs, he’s widely expected to become a one-and-done.
As Beard and his staff continue to search for their first 2022 pledge, can they land George and build the class around an elite talent?
The 6’4, 185-pound guard is currently ranked as the No. 6 player nationally and as the No. 1 shooting guard, per the 247Sports Composite.